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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Oophoi Disc
« on: June 07, 2009, 02:49:37 PM »
I have never really understood the art of glitch either...it seems like every ambient music that involve glitch sounds..is regarded a masterpiece....All "mordern" ambient genre...have glitch sounds...
Too me it seems like a waste of time to cut and paste "glitches" there is absolutely no emotion in that...it is only cut and paste of digital jitter/noise... of course..there is good and bad examples....
There is a few artists that use glitch in an artistic way...Like Keith Berry ...

Anyway like a huge Opphoi (or is it Oöpphoi?) fan...this is without doubt one of the high lights of the years...even though..I have no idea what to expect..

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Hallå Stefan!

Really looking forward to hear this album, the samples seems very good.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Lossless .flac vs CD
« on: April 13, 2009, 07:06:51 PM »
I like Flac.  But I think the prices are unreasonable.

The only thing I really like about cds, is that you have to wait for it to arrive in your postbox.
I like the first time you hold the cd in your hand, then I play the cd ONE time, then I rip it to flac or mp3.
Then I never play the cd again. I do not even own a traditional cd player.

One more good thing about digital music, it does not take physical space, if I would have my entire mp3 collection as cd I would need to buy an new bigger apartment :)

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Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: iMac for music?
« on: March 31, 2009, 02:52:30 PM »
You make it sound like MAC is this totally problem-free universe...where no problems exist at all, everything just works like pure magic! :)
Well..I wish it was like that..but the reality is there is problems and bugs for MAC as well:)
And You also need to update drivers just like in Windows..so not much difference.

You need to tweak an MAC as well maybe not as much as Vista though.....and to tweak Vista if you know what you are doing does not take you more then one hour.

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Jon Hassell and Dhafer Yussef in Concert
« on: February 16, 2009, 12:17:09 PM »
I have never heard any of these artists...

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Everything and Nothing / Re: LOST - new season starts today, 21 Jan.
« on: February 16, 2009, 12:16:30 PM »
Immersion - I'm confused by your last comment about one hour episodes... It's an hour show.

The best way to watch Lost is on dvd - where there are no commercials - nothing to pull you kicking and screaming into commercials which are 5x louder than the show.

Watching online isn't too had. The commercials are considerably less annoying. 

And yeah!  Smoke monster is back!  Love this show.   

It is actually about 40 minutes, but with commercial and all shit it is probably 60 minutes.
I would not mind 80 minute episodes.. as I said, Lost is a drug for me, so the more the better :)
I would never ever watch it on tv, I am strongly against commercials it would ruin everything.
I always download it from either piratebay or ftp...

I also wish there was less melodramatic shit... it is just too much sometimes...I also do not like the back flashes etc..from their past life outside the island..
this feels like filler material... just to fill the void...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient music & sitar/tanpura
« on: February 13, 2009, 03:51:17 AM »
Yearning, by Robert Rich and Lisa Moskow, prominently features the sarod, a somewhat similar instrument.  It's a great album.

Pure 5 star timelessness... I wish Rich would do something similar in future, but this time even deeper...

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Ambient music & sitar/tanpura
« on: February 13, 2009, 03:49:13 AM »
hello,
if you like ambient music with sitar you should try Al Gromer Khan, his huge discography is full of wonderful gems.

Going through his vast discography atm
He have released a lot of mediocre music it seem.
For me I think I would need a special kind of environment to appropriate this music to the fullest potential...

Anyway, "Mahogany Nights" is the best one so far....

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 13, 2009, 03:46:08 AM »
ESOTERIC - Morphia

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Childless couples
« on: February 13, 2009, 03:34:13 AM »
I am 24, and even though many claim to never have children in my age..I really think I never will have...the reasons are many...one is overpopulation, I think that everyone who relinquish to have children does this planet a big favor...I also do not feel any need to have children just because I "must"...I must do nothing...
I also think I would not be a good father either...

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Everything and Nothing / Re: LOST - new season starts today, 21 Jan.
« on: February 13, 2009, 03:26:12 AM »
I miss the smoke monster...

I guess you are happy now, since it is back in the latest episode :)

By the way, I see Lost more as an drug then entertainment. NO matter how bad it may be, I am always forced to watch the next episode, the whole series is designed this way.
I think the whole method is much related to TV commercials, every second is planned in detail, to get as many viewers as possible...I think it could be many times better if it wasn't so compact and commercialized, one hour episodes would be really nice to start with...

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Do you still want to learn?
« on: February 12, 2009, 04:30:50 PM »
Yes, as I feel right now, there is no doubt in my mind that my interest of learning new things does fade with time.
And I am not sure that to collect as much knowledge and read as many books as possible is the ultimate goal in life.
I have a more transcendental/cosmic approach to life, There is no definitive meaning of life as human on this planet we are born..  I see the life more as an dreamlike presence...
The meaning of life is to me to collect new experiences and just enjoy this mystery of life..And dream...
Music is for me the essence of my life, since it fills a void and makes me dissolve into inner dimensions and beyond...without it I think I would just feel a lot of emptiness...
Or maybe..I would find other passions to dispossess the time.

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Now Playing / Re: "Classical" Music or Contemporary Composition Listeners?
« on: February 11, 2009, 10:19:25 PM »
Has anyone heard Giya Kancheli ???

He is kind of comparable with Pärt...both have en spiritual approach to the music, kancheli is maybe more minimalistic and bleak....

I can recommend the following albums....

Diplipito
In l'istesso tempo
Magnum Ignotum
Exil
Abii Ne Viderem
Simi; Mourned by the Wind

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2009, 10:14:09 PM »
Jorge Reyes and Piet Jan Blauw "Pluma de Piedra"

This album is a real trip. Many playful and wild things going on. At one point there is the bizarre looped sound of a cackling old man, among many other delights. This is one of my favorites, and like other Reyes albums, is deep as well as entertaining. The songs on his solo albums are very focused and tend to be relatively short compared to other tribal style ambient. Any fan of Jorge should track this album down...

I will give it a try....

Now Playing : Al Gromer Khan - Mahogany Nights

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Too loud!
« on: February 11, 2009, 04:59:01 PM »
If there is one thing good with the more modern masters and more powerful/rich sounding cds, is that they sound good on all volume levels, both low and high, I guess that is the whole point..to make a more stable and powerful output...while 90s album usually sound way more weak/thin/one dimensional....And you do not need to play it loud as fuck to get the full dynamic range within all sounds like with 90s albums ..As long as you do not overdo and create a brickwall...max the sound volume at Zero...then I think it is alright...
And not all mastering jobs are good either..there is both good and bad example of loud mixes.. but their is certainly not impossible to make good/smooth sounding mixes using compression technology...The limits is within the master engineer...

Also there is many ways to bring up the volume level..so we shall not generalize..And say that everyone just want to sound as loud as possible...I am quite sure that the artists themselves decide what they feel sound best... But I could agree that it easier to be "fooled" that louder sounds better though...the louder it is mostly the more powerful and overwhelming it sounds...
It might be true that not all artists are aware of the phenomenon when doing mixes...

depending on the music..some music sounds way better on lower volume levels...
Steve Roach Immersion series is a good example..  even though I think he have taken the low volume concept to the extreme with "A Deeper Silence", I always need to put the volume up a lot when I listen to that cd.

But Yeah even though I can agree that the ambient music as an genre gets louder and louder mixes I must say the ambient genre sounds better and better...
so I do not see this at an problem at all..

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Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: February 11, 2009, 04:37:40 PM »
mathias grassow - calibration (2009)

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Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Fordlandia
« on: February 05, 2009, 02:11:01 PM »
The last track of this album is amazing (have forgot the name).

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Everything and Nothing / Re: Does any one here perform ambient music?
« on: January 31, 2009, 05:09:46 PM »
I have not played live yet with my ambient music - but am slowly setting up to do so. Only problem is trying to work out if I can do the level of sound twisting I use in the recorded sound in a live situation.

Which raises the issue of using CD/Minidisc/MP3 as part of the performance....

and how important are the visual aspect of playing live?

The only thing you need is a laptop with the music, and maybe a mixerboard that is not plugged in :)



I guess he is checking is email or something he look busy :)

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I'll jump in ... Immersion,  they are a couple of Korg Kaoss Pads, looks like version 1 and version 2.

ah ok I think Steve Roach did mention he used some of those. But the one I remember is Red and black ?
I guess that is a newer version...

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I did really like "dead of winter" thank you...

Out of curiousity, what are those touchpad devices to the right on the picture ???
They look interesting :)

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